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Shiffon Co. on InStyle: The Subtle Call for Women’s Equality You May Have Missed at the Oscars


Equality and representation were major themes at the Oscars last night. The awards have made some major strides towards inclusion, the most obvious example being Parasite’s big win for Best Picture, making it the first non-English language film to take home the night’s biggest prize. But as women directors and actors of color (save for Cynthia Erivo) were left out of the nominations altogether, it's clear there is much more room to grow.

Some women at this year’s Oscars made a statement calling for gender equality in the industry with their clothing or accessories, as has become ever more popular since Time’s Up launched on the Golden Globes red carpet in 2018. Natalie Portman supported women with her cape, which was elegantly stitched with the names of eight female directors who were snubbed at the Oscar nominations. Other women found subtler, though still powerful, ways to show support for their female peers — Cynthia Erivo, for example, wore stacked diamond-accented pinky rings that have a hidden message.